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Copyright © 2000-2011 Richard Gaskell
E-mail: czechandslovakthings@yahoo.co.uk

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This isn't really a web site, just a place to put some things so that people can see them, and for me to experiment with simple web 'design'. I haven't spent much time trying to make it look pretty or exciting, so don't expect too much!

"UNDER CONSTRUCTION!!!" means that I have more material I would like to put into that section, but I have no idea when I will find the time!!!

Constructing these pages using Microsoft Frontpage 98, I seem to be having problems making them work with Netscape Navigator 4.05. Sorry to those trying to use a Netscape browser, but it looks like just Microsoft Internet Explorer for now.

If you have any ideas for inclusions and improvements, or spot any mistakes, please contact me at the E-mail address shown below.

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Richard Gaskell
czechandslovakthings@yahoo.co.uk

VÚA DATABASE OF ALL CZECHOSLOVAK MILITARY PERSONNEL ABROAD DURING WW2

From January 2011 the "Vojenský ústřední archiv" (VÚA - Military Central Archive) in Prague has made available on their site a new database of Czechoslovak Military Personnel serving abroad during WW2. This includes those serving in units with both the Western allies and the Soviet Union. The VÚA also holds original personnel documents relating to these individuals.

For further information and tips on how to use the database search page click here.

LINKS TO FILM CLIPS OF THE CZECHOSLOVAK BRIGADE

Links have been added on the Czechoslovak Brigade page to 4 short news real clips relating to the Czechoslovak Brigade available online, along with one link to a Czech Television documentary with more extensive footage on the activities of the Brigade from Bridlington in August 1944 to Prague in May 1945. Look for the grey boxes on the Czechoslovak Brigade page.

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WHY AM I INTERESTED IN THINGS CZECH AND SLOVAK?

In 1991 a local councillor in my home town of Bridgwater in  Somerset started contacts via the Labour Party with the then chairman of the CSSD (Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party) in Uherské Hradište in Moravia. I met him when he visited Bridgwater in the autumn of that year, and had a long conversation with him (over several beers) about life in his country and the people there. I realised that I was completely ignorant about that part of the world and what he said sounded very interesting. I decided that if I had free time the next summer I would go and visit, and this is what I did. I bought a rucksack, a tent, and a bus ticket to Prague, setting off in the last week of April 1992. The first weekend was spent in a cottage in the White Carpathian hills and the next 3 weeks in Prague. I then started travelling around the country moving from town to town every few days. It was so much fun that I didn't go back to Britain until the end of September, and I've been back every year since!

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